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Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

 

What is it?

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) which came into force on 24 July 2011 and is applicable as from 1 July 2013, aims at ensuring reliable information on construction products in relation to their performance. It also provides a common technical language and harmonised assessments methods. A manufacturer who wants to place a construction product on the EU market has to draft a declaration of performance showing conformity with 7 basic requirements. After drafting the declaration of performance and having also gone through the various assessment procedures according to which system the construction product belongs to, the manufacturer will be able to CE mark their product and place it on the market.

The key concept of the CPR is the declaration of performance, which in some ways replaces the declaration of conformity in the old Construction Products Directive (CPD). For every construction product covered by a harmonised standard or for which a European Technical Assessment has been carried out, the manufacturer will draw up a declaration of performance detailing the intended use of the construction product. The CPR also requires that 7 basic requirements should be satisfied by all construction works: mechanical resistance and stability, safety in case of fire, hygiene, health and the environment, safety and accessibility in use, protection against noise, energy economy and heat retention, and sustainable use of natural resources. Currently, the way manufacturers report on the requirement on sustainable use of natural resources is being discussed at EU level.

Last but not least, as from 1 July 2013, all construction products placed on the EU market will have to be CE marked, although this was not the case for all countries under the old CPD.

 

Why is it important?

The construction companies members of Orgalime construction sector represent a very heterogeneous sector (fixing elements, structural metal products, first transformation of metal, etc…). For some of these companies, CE marking was not compulsory until the CPR entered into force. As most of these companies are SMEs or even micro enterprises, the CPR foresees simplified procedures for the assessment of their products.

 

Our viewpoint

Orgalime welcomes the entry into force of this new Regulation as all companies manufacturing construction products will be submitted to the same rules, which has not been the case so far. Clear rules, which are applicable to all companies, enable transparency and avoid distortion of competition on the market.

 

How we’ve been engaged

The Orgalime CPR task force has been actively engaged with the institutions during the legislative process for adopting the CPR and has issued various positions papers.

In order to help its members to comply with the Regulation by 1 July 2013, Orgalime and its members have produced an interpretation guide to help manufacturers to apply the Regulation.  This interpretation guide will be updated in 2015 to take into account the 3 delegated acts published by the European Commission since 1 July 2013 and will include new questions tabled by Orgalime members which have been solved.

 

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